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Lady Bowmen suffer rare setback


Wilsonville hands Sherwood its first loss since 2010

SHERWOOD — It was something new for the Sherwood High School girls soccer team.

The Lady Bowmen certainly didn’t like it.

But, they say, it just might turn out to be a good thing for them — and they’re going to do their best not to let it happen again.

Sherwood suffered its first loss since November of 2010 when it fell 4-2 to Wilsonville in a Northwest Oregon Conference showdown played last Thursday at Sherwood High School.

“We’re not used to this,” Sherwood senior defender Annie Govig said after the match.by: DAN BROOD - WAY TO GO -- Sherwood senior Mikayla Howes (14) is congratulated by Emily Harris following her goal in the team's match with Wilsonville.

“I think maybe we needed this,” Sherwood senior midfielder Mikayla Howes added. “It was a reality check. It lets us know that any team can beat us.”

“We have to be ready every game,” Govig said. “Because every team really wants to beat us.”

Wilsonville, which came into the contest tied with Sherwood for the lead in the NWOC, improved to 4-0 in league play and to 7-3 on the season.

The defending Class 5A state champion Lady Bowmen moved to 3-1 in league games and to 8-1-2 on the season with the loss, their first since they fell 1-0 to Marist in a Class 5A state playoff quarterfinal match played on Nov. 13, 2010. Since then, Sherwood had gone 27-0-2 before falling to the Wildcats.

“Like everyone else around here, I’m not into losing,” Sherwood coach Bill Brown said. “But this can be good for us. I have confidence in this group that they’ll come back strong from this.”

Wilsonville, in last week’s match, took a 1-0 lead when senior Madi Bean scored on shot from 25 yards out with 33 minutes and 49 seconds left to play in the first half.

The Wildcats upped the margin to 2-0 o a goal by sophomore Riley Johnson coming with 8:31 remaining in the opening half.

While Sherwood seemed to have trouble finding its rhythm in the first half, the Lady Bowmen came out firing to start the second half.

After getting some quick shots on goal from senior Jessica Imbrie and Govig to start the second half, the Lady Bowmen got on the scoreboard when Govig put in a header off a corner kick by Howes, cutting the Wilsonville lead to 2-1 with 35:43 left to play in the match.

“We wanted to come back and win,” Govig said of Sherwood’s fired-up effort to start the second half.

Wilsonville answered right back, getting a goal by senior Emily Hooper to up the margin to 3-1 with 31:54 remaining.

The Lady Bowmen kept battling, and they cut the lead to one again after Howes scored from 10 yards away off a pinpoint assist from sophomore Sarah Garoutte, making the score 3-2 with 20:45 left in the match.

But, again, the Wildcats answered back. Only 18 seconds after Howes scored, Wilsonville got a breakaway goal by sophomore Kendall Tate to push the lead back to two, at 4-2, with 20:27 remaining.

Sherwood didn’t let up. Imbrie had a hard-hit attempt from 10 yards away with 15:03 remaining, but Wilsonville junior goalkeeper Bess Kitzmiller dove to block the shot.

The Lady Bowmen had attempts from seniors Carley Mills and Michaela Pilkenton in the final minutes, but they couldn’t get any closer as Wilsonville, which fell to Sherwood in last year’s Class 5A state championship match, held on for the 4-2 victory.

“They outplayed us,” Brown said. “And they beat us to most every ball.”

Sherwood, which played last Thursday’s match without injured standout senior Meghan Schoen, bounced back from the loss to post a 2-0 win over Liberty in a league contest played at Liberty High School.

The Lady Bowmen will be back in action today (Thursday) when they host St. Helens in a league match starting at 7 p.m.